Faculty Bios

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Scott Alexander Hess is the author of five novels, including Skyscraper, a Lambda Literary Award Finalist, The Butcher's Sons, named a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2015 (both Lethe Press), and the novellas, A Season in Delhi, The Root of Everything & Lightning (all Rebel Satori Press). His work has appeared in HuffPost, Genre Magazine, The Fix, and Thema Literary Review. He co-wrote “Tom in America,” an award-winning short film, and curates Hot Lit, an LGBTQ+ themed monthly newsletter. He holds a BJ from the University of Missouri-Columbia and an MFA in Fiction from The New School.

Stuart Pennebaker has published fiction and poetry in JAKE, Unstamatic Mag, and After-Dinner Conversation. Her nonfiction has appeared in CHS Today and the Chronicle-Independent, among others. She is the former fiction editor of LIT and the author of the newsletter Missed Connection. She is Gotham’s Director of Publishing Guidance. Stuart holds a BA from the University of South Carolina and an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School.